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Brian C. Betts, MD


Specialty: Medical Oncology
Program: Blood and Marrow Transplant and Cellular Immunotherapy

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Overview

Cancer Types Treated: Leukemia, Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS), MDS

Brian C. Betts, MD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Blood and Marrow Transplantation at Moffitt Cancer Center.  Dr. Betts specializes in caring for patients with myelodysplasia, myeloproliferative neoplasms, myelofibrosis, and acute leukemia.  He is engaged throughout all the aspects of transplant care, from the initial consultation and donor selection to management of long-term survivorship.

Education & Training

Board Certification:

  • Hematology
  • Medical Oncology

Fellowship:

  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center - Hematology/Oncology

Residency:

  • University of Minnesota - Internal Medicine
  • University of Minnesota - Internal Medicine

Medical School:

  • Eastern Virginia Medical School - MD
Participating Trials

CLINICAL TRIAL 17263
Phase I Trial of ex-vivo Expanded Donor Regulatory T Cells for Prevention of Acute Graft-Versus-Host Disease
Condition:
Intervention: FK506 (Tacrolimus); Rapamune (Sirolimus); Rapamycin (Sirolimus); Sirolimus; Tacrolimus
Open

CLINICAL TRIAL 17676
A Multi-Center Biologic Assignment Trial Comparing Reduced Intensity Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplant to Hypomethylating Therapy or Best Supportive Care in Patients Age 50 or Older with Intermediate-2 and High Risk Myelodysplastic Syndrome
Condition:
Intervention:
Open

CLINICAL TRIAL 18331
Selection of Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Donors Based on KIR and HLA Genotypes
Condition:
Intervention:
Open

CLINICAL TRIAL 18430
Evaluation of Panobinostat (LBH589) as Maintenance Therapy in Multiple Myeloma Following Autologous Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation
Condition:
Intervention: Panobinostat (LBH589)
Open

CLINICAL TRIAL 18816
A Phase 1-2 Multi-Center Study Evaluating the Safety and Efficacy of KTE-C19 in Combination with Atezolizumab in Subjects with Refractory Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma (DLBCL)
Condition:
Intervention: Atezolizumab (Tecentriq); Axicabtagene Ciloleucel (KTE-C19); KTE-C19; Not Applicable; cyclophosphamide; cytoxan (cyclophosphamide); fludarabine (Fludarabine phosphate)
Open

CLINICAL TRIAL 18374
A Phase II Trial Evaluating the use of a Histone Deacetylase Inhibitor Panobinostat for Graft Versus Host Disease (GVHD) Prevention
Condition:
Intervention: Not Applicable; Panobinostat (LBH589)
Open

CLINICAL TRIAL 18289
A Phase 2 Multicenter Study Evaluating the Efficacy of KTE-C19 in Subjects with Relapsed/Refractory Mantle Cell Lymphoma (r/r MCL)
Condition:
Intervention: Axicabtagene Ciloleucel (KTE-C19); KTE-C19
Open

CLINICAL TRIAL 18814
A Multi-Center, Phase II Trial of HLA-Mismatched Unrelated Donor Bone Marrow Transplantation with Post-Transplantation Cyclophosphamide for Patients with Hematologic Malignancies
Condition:
Intervention: busulfan; cyclophosphamide; cytoxan (cyclophosphamide); fludarabine (Fludarabine phosphate)
Open

CLINICAL TRIAL 17790
A Randomized Phase II Study of Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation with Tadalafil and Lenalidomide Maintenance with or without Activated Marrow Infiltrating Lymphocytes (MILs) in High Risk Myeloma
Condition:
Intervention: Alkeran (Melphalan); CC-5013 (Lenalidomide); Lenalidomide (Revlimid); Marrow Infiltrating Lymphocytes (MILs); Melphalan; Tadalafil
Open

CLINICAL TRIAL 18217
Multicenter Phase II, Double-blind Placebo Controlled Trial of Maintenance Ixazomib after Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation for High Risk Multiple Myeloma
Condition:
Intervention: Alkeran (Melphalan); Bortezomib; FK506 (Tacrolimus); Ixazomib (Ninlaro); Melphalan; Not Applicable; PS-341 (Bortezomib); Placebo; Tacrolimus; Velcade (Bortezomib); fludarabine (Fludarabine phosphate); methotrexate
Open

CLINICAL TRIAL 18766
A Calcineurin Inhibitor-Free GVHD Prevention Regimen After Related Haploidentical Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplantation
Condition:
Intervention: Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil); Mycophenolate Mofetil; Rapamune (Sirolimus); Rapamycin (Sirolimus); Sirolimus; busulfan; cyclophosphamide; cytoxan (cyclophosphamide); fludarabine (Fludarabine phosphate)
Open

CLINICAL TRIAL 18664
A Phase 2, Multi-Center Study of High Dose Chemotherapy with Autologous Stem Cell Transplant Followed by Maintenance Therapy with Romidepsin for the Treatment of T cell Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Condition:
Intervention: Alkeran (Melphalan); Carmustine; Cytarabine (Cytosine Arabinoside); FK228 (Romidepsin); Melphalan; Romidepsin; etoposide
Open

CLINICAL TRIAL 18783
A Phase I/II GVHD Prevention Trial Combining Pacritinib With Sirolimus-Based Immune Suppression
Condition:
Intervention: Alkeran (Melphalan); FK506 (Tacrolimus); Melphalan; Pacritinib; Rapamune (Sirolimus); Rapamycin (Sirolimus); Sirolimus; Tacrolimus; busulfan; fludarabine (Fludarabine phosphate)
Open

CLINICAL TRIAL 18950
A Phase I/Ib Study of Ipilimumab or Nivolumab in Patients with Relapsed Hematologic Malignancies after Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation
Condition:
Intervention: BMS-936558 (Nivolumab); Nivolumab
Open

CLINICAL TRIAL 19089
Optimizing Cord Blood and Haploidentical Aplastic Anemia Transplantation (CHAMP)
Condition:
Intervention: Thymoglobulin; cyclophosphamide; cytoxan (cyclophosphamide); fludarabine (Fludarabine phosphate)
Open

CLINICAL TRIAL 18964
Randomized Double-Blind Phase III Study of Ibrutinib During and Following Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation Versus Placebo in Patients with Relapsed or Refractory Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma of the Activated B-cell Subtype
Condition:
Intervention: 748645 (Ibrutinib); Ibrutinib (Imbruvica); PCI-32765 (Ibrutinib); Placebo
Open

CLINICAL TRIAL 19070
Multicenter, Open-Label, Expanded Access Study of Axicabtagene Ciloleucel or the Treatment of Subjects with Relapsed/Refractory Large B-Cell Lymphoma
Condition:
Intervention: Axicabtagene Ciloleucel (KTE-C19); cyclophosphamide; cytoxan (cyclophosphamide); fludarabine (Fludarabine phosphate)
Open

CLINICAL TRIAL 19143
A Randomized, Multi-Center, Phase III Trial of Calcineurin Inhibitor-Free Interventions for Prevention of Graft-versus Host-Disease
Condition:
Intervention: ATG; Alkeran (Melphalan); FK506 (Tacrolimus); MESNA; Melphalan; Tacrolimus; busulfan; cyclophosphamide; cytoxan (cyclophosphamide); fludarabine (Fludarabine phosphate); methotrexate
Open

CLINICAL TRIAL 19203
Reduced Intensity Conditioning for Haploidentical Bone Marrow Transplantation in Patients with Symptomatic Sickle Cell Disease
Condition:
Intervention: Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil); Hydroxyurea (Droxia); MESNA; Mycophenolate Mofetil; Radiotherapy; Rapamune (Sirolimus); Rapamycin (Sirolimus); Sirolimus; Thiotepa (Thioplex); Thymoglobulin; cyclophosphamide; cytoxan (cyclophosphamide); fludarabine (Fludarabine phosphate)
Open

CLINICAL TRIAL 19201
A Multi-Center, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Phase III Trial of the FLT3 Inhibitor Gilteritinib Administered as Maintenance Therapy Following Allogeneic Transplant for Patients with FLT3/ITD AML
Condition:
Intervention: Placebo; gilteritinib
Open

CLINICAL TRIAL 19204
A Phase III Randomized Open-Label Multi-Center Study of Ruxolitinib vs. Best Available Therapy in Patients with Corticosteroid-Refractory Chronic Graft vs Host Disease after Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation (REACH 3)
Condition:
Intervention: Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil); Gleevac (Imatinib Mesylate); Imatinib Mesylate; Infliximab (Remicade); Jakafi (Ruxolitinib); Mycophenolate Mofetil; Pentostatin; Rapamune (Sirolimus); Rapamycin (Sirolimus); Rituxan (rituximab); Ruxolitinib; STI571 (Imatinib Mesylate); Sirolimus; everolimus (RAD001); methotrexate; rituximab
Open

CLINICAL TRIAL 19377
A Phase 1b/2 Open-label Study Evaluating the Safety, Tolerability, Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, and Efficacy of AMG 592 in Adult Subjects With Steroid Refractory Chronic Graft versus Host Disease
Condition:
Intervention: AMG 592
Open

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Publications

  • MacDonald KPA, Betts BC, Couriel D. Reprint of: Emerging Therapeutics for the Control of Chronic Graft-versus-Host Disease. Biol Blood Marrow Tr. 2018 Mar;24(3S):S7-S14. Pubmedid: 29425517.
  • Pidala J, Beato F, Kim J, Betts B, Jim H, Sagatys E, Levine JE, Ferrara JL, Ozbek U, Ayala E, Davila M, Fernandez HF, Field T, Kharfan-Dabaja MA, Khaira D, Khimani F, Locke FL, Mishra A, Nieder M, Nishihori T, Perez L, Riches M, Anasetti C. IL-12/IL-23p40 neutralization blocks Th1/Th17 response after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation. Haematologica. 2018 Mar;103(3):531-539. Pubmedid: 29242294. Pmcid: PMC5830373.
  • Kharfan-Dabaja MA, Sheets K, Kumar A, Murthy HS, Nishihori T, Tsalatsanis A, Mina A, Mathews J, Ayala E, Chavez J, Perez LE, Betts BC, Anasetti C, Pidala J. Hypoalbuminaemia segregates different prognostic subgroups within the refined standard risk acute graft-versus-host disease score. Brit J Haematol. 2018 Mar;180(6):854-862. Pubmedid: 29345306.
  • MacDonald KPA, Betts BC, Couriel D. Emerging Therapeutics for the Control of Chronic Graft-versus-Host Disease. Biol Blood Marrow Tr. 2018 Jan;24(1):19-26. Pubmedid: 29032060.
  • Betts BC, Bastian D, Iamsawat S, Nguyen H, Heinrichs JL, Wu Y, Daenthanasanmak A, Veerapathran A, O'Mahony A, Walton K, Reff J, Horna P, Sagatys EM, Lee MC, Singer J, Chang YJ, Liu C, Pidala J, Anasetti C, Yu XZ. Targeting JAK2 reduces GVHD and xenograft rejection through regulation of T cell differentiation. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2018 Feb;115(7):1582-1587. Pubmedid: 29382747. Pmcid: PMC5816153.
  • Murthy HS, Sheets K, Kumar A, Nishihori T, Mina A, Chavez JC, Ayala E, Field T, Mathews J, Locke F, Perez L, Betts BC, Khimani F, Miladinovic B, Tsalatsanis A, Ochoa-Bayona JL, Alsina M, Fernandez H, Pidala J, Anasetti C, Kharfan-Dabaja MA. Hypoalbuminemia at Day +90 Is Associated with Inferior Nonrelapse Mortality and Overall Survival in Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Recipients: A Confirmatory Study. Biol Blood Marrow Tr. 2018 Feb;24(2):400-405. Pubmedid: 29032266.
  • Perez L, Fernandez H, Horna P, Riches M, Locke F, Field T, Powers J, Sahakian E, Villagra A, Mishra A, Betts B, Kharfan-Dabaja M, Beato F, Ochoa-Bayona L, Pidala J, Anasetti C. Phase I trial of histone deacetylase inhibitor panobinostat in addition to glucocorticoids for primary therapy of acute graft-versus-host disease. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2018 Apr. Pubmedid: 29670210.
  • Khimani F, Kim J, Chen L, Dean E, Rizk V, Betts B, Nishihori T, Locke F, Mishra A, Perez L, Ayala E, Kharfan-Dabaja M, Nieder M, Fernandez H, Anasetti C, Pidala J. Predictors of overall survival among patients treated with sirolimus/tacrolimus vs methotrexate/tacrolimus for GvHD prevention. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2017 Jul;52(7):1003-1009. Pubmedid: 28368376.
  • Betts BC, Veerapathran A, Pidala J, Yang H, Horna P, Walton K, Cubitt CL, Gunawan S, Lawrence HR, Lawrence NJ, Sebti SM, Anasetti C. Targeting Aurora kinase A and JAK2 prevents GVHD while maintaining Treg and antitumor CTL function. Sci Transl Med. 2017 Jan;9(372). Pubmedid: 28077684.
  • Curran SA, Shyer JA, St Angelo ET, Talbot LR, Sharma S, Chung DJ, Heller G, Hsu KC, Betts BC, Young JW. Human Dendritic Cells Mitigate NK-Cell Dysfunction Mediated by Nonselective JAK1/2 Blockade. Cancer Immunol Res. 2017 Jan;5(1):52-60. Pubmedid: 27923824. Pmcid: PMC5335862.
  • Betts BC, Pidala J, Kim J, Mishra A, Nishihori T, Perez L, Ochoa-Bayona JL, Khimani F, Walton K, Bookout R, Nieder M, Khaira DK, Davila M, Alsina M, Field T, Ayala E, Locke FL, Riches M, Kharfan-Dabaja M, Fernandez H, Anasetti C. IL-2 promotes early Treg reconstitution after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation. Haematologica. 2017 05;102(5):948-957. Pubmedid: 28104702. Pmcid: PMC5477614.
  • Tees MT, Betts B, Hillgruber R, Ayala E, Field T, Kharfan-Dabaja MA, Locke F, Mishra A, Nishihori T, Ochoa-Bayona JL, Perez L, Pidala J, Anasetti C, Fernandez H, Riches ML. New sources for argument: do HLA-C and HLA disparity in adult double umbilical cord blood transplants predict outcomes?. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2016 Sep;51(9):1256-1258. Pubmedid: 27088383.
  • Heinrichs J, Bastian D, Veerapathran A, Anasetti C, Betts B, Yu XZ. Regulatory T-Cell Therapy for Graft-versus-host Disease. J Immunol Res Ther. 2016 Oct;1(1):1-14. Pubmedid: 27722210. Pmcid: PMC5049884.
  • Heinrichs J, Li J, Nguyen H, Wu Y, Bastian D, Daethanasanmak A, Sofi MH, Schutt S, Liu C, Jin J, Betts B, Anasetti C, Yu XZ. CD8(+) Tregs promote GVHD prevention and overcome the impaired GVL effect mediated by CD4(+) Tregs in mice. Oncoimmunology. 2016 Jun;5(6):e1146842. Pubmedid: 27471614. Pmcid: PMC4938369.
  • Nelson R, Shapiro JF, Perkins JB, Kim J, Nishihori T, Pidala J, Ayala E, Locke FL, Field T, Mishra A, Riches M, Betts B, Perez L, Yue B, Ochoa-Bayona JL, Alsina M, Fernandez H, Anasetti C, Kharfan-Dabaja MA. Sirolimus, tacrolimus and antithymocyte globulin as GVHD prophylaxis in HLA-mismatched unrelated donor hematopoietic cell transplantation: a single institution experience. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2015 Nov;50(11):1487-1489. Pubmedid: 26301969. Pmcid: PMC4863975.
  • Pidala J, Bloom GC, Eschrich S, Sarwal M, Enkemann S, Betts BC, Beato F, Yoder S, Anasetti C. Tolerance associated gene expression following allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation. PLoS One. 2015 Mar;10(3):e0117001. Pubmedid: 25774806. Pmcid: PMC4361657.
  • Pidala J, Kim J, Betts BC, Alsina M, Ayala E, Fernandez HF, Field T, Kharfan-Dabaja MA, Locke FL, Mishra A, Nishihori T, Ochoa-Bayona L, Perez L, Riches M, Anasetti C. Ofatumumab in combination with glucocorticoids for primary therapy of chronic graft-versus-host disease: phase I trial results. Biol Blood Marrow Tr. 2015 Jun;21(6):1074-1082. Pubmedid: 25805300. Pmcid: PMC5757506.
  • Pidala J, Kim J, Alsina M, Ayala E, Betts BC, Fernandez HF, Field T, Jim H, Kharfan-Dabaja MA, Locke FL, Mishra A, Nishihori T, Ochoa-Bayona L, Perez L, Riches M, Anasetti C. Prolonged sirolimus administration after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation is associated with decreased risk for moderate-severe chronic graft-versus-host disease. Haematologica. 2015 Jul;100(7):970-977. Pubmedid: 25840599. Pmcid: PMC4486232.
  • Betts B, Anasetti C, Pidala J. Biomarkers for GVHD prognosis. Lancet Haematol. 2015 Jan;2(1):e4-e5. Pubmedid: 26687427.
  • Betts BC, Sagatys EM, Veerapathran A, Lloyd MC, Beato F, Lawrence HR, Yue B, Kim J, Sebti SM, Anasetti C, Pidala J. CD4+ T cell STAT3 phosphorylation precedes acute GVHD, and subsequent Th17 tissue invasion correlates with GVHD severity and therapeutic response. J Leukoc Biol. 2015 Apr;97(4):807-819. Pubmedid: 25663681. Pmcid: PMC4370048.
  • Kunter G, Perkins JB, Pidala J, Nishihori T, Kharfan-Dabaja MA, Field T, Fernandez H, Perez L, Locke F, Ayala E, Tomblyn M, Ochoa-Bayona JL, Betts B, Nieder M, Anasetti C. Pharmacokinetically-targeted BU and fludarabine as conditioning before allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation for adults with ALL in first remission. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2014 Jan;49(1):11-16. Pubmedid: 23995098.
  • Betts BC, Veerapathran A, Pidala J, Yu XZ, Anasetti C. STAT5 polarization promotes iTregs and suppresses human T-cell alloresponses while preserving CTL capacity. J Leukoc Biol. 2014 Feb;95(2):205-213. Pubmedid: 24068731. Pmcid: PMC3896660.
  • Veerapathran A, Pidala J, Beato F, Betts B, Kim J, Turner JG, Hellerstein MK, Yu XZ, Janssen W, Anasetti C. Human regulatory T cells against minor histocompatibility antigens: ex vivo expansion for prevention of graft-versus-host disease. Blood. 2013 Sep;122(13):2251-2261. Pubmedid: 23908471. Pmcid: PMC3785121.
  • Pidala J, Kim J, Schell M, Lee SJ, Hillgruber R, Nye V, Ayala E, Alsina M, Betts B, Bookout R, Fernandez HF, Field T, Locke FL, Nishihori T, Ochoa JL, Perez L, Perkins J, Shapiro J, Tate C, Tomblyn M, Anasetti C. Race/ethnicity affects the probability of finding an HLA-A, -B, -C and -DRB1 allele-matched unrelated donor and likelihood of subsequent transplant utilization. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2013 Mar;48(3):346-350. Pubmedid: 22863723. Pmcid: PMC4500122.
  • Romano E, Cotari JW, Barreira da Silva R, Betts BC, Chung DJ, Avogadri F, Fink MJ, St Angelo ET, Mehrara B, Heller G, Münz C, Altan-Bonnet G, Young JW. Human Langerhans cells use an IL-15R-α/IL-15/pSTAT5-dependent mechanism to break T-cell tolerance against the self-differentiation tumor antigen WT1. Blood. 2012 May;119(22):5182-5190. Pubmedid: 22510877. Pmcid: PMC3369609.
  • Pidala J, Kim J, Jim H, Kharfan-Dabaja MA, Nishihori T, Fernandez HF, Tomblyn M, Perez L, Perkins J, Xu M, Janssen WE, Veerapathran A, Betts BC, Locke FL, Ayala E, Field T, Ochoa L, Alsina M, Anasetti C. A randomized phase II study to evaluate tacrolimus in combination with sirolimus or methotrexate after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation. Haematologica. 2012 Dec;97(12):1882-1889. Pubmedid: 22689677. Pmcid: PMC3590095.
  • Betts BC, Young JA, Ustun C, Cao Q, Weisdorf DJ. Human herpesvirus 6 infection after hematopoietic cell transplantation: is routine surveillance necessary?. Biol Blood Marrow Tr. 2011 Oct;17(10):1562-1568. Pubmedid: 21549850. Pmcid: PMC3285510.
  • Betts BC, St Angelo ET, Kennedy M, Young JW. Anti-IL6-receptor-alpha (tocilizumab) does not inhibit human monocyte-derived dendritic cell maturation or alloreactive T-cell responses. Blood. 2011 Nov;118(19):5340-5343. Pubmedid: 21940820. Pmcid: PMC3217414.
  • Pidala J, Kim J, Anasetti C, Nishihori T, Betts B, Field T, Perkins J. The global severity of chronic graft-versus-host disease, determined by National Institutes of Health consensus criteria, is associated with overall survival and non-relapse mortality. Haematologica. 2011 Nov;96(11):1678-1684. Pubmedid: 21791465. Pmcid: PMC3208686.
  • Betts BC, Abdel-Wahab O, Curran SA, St Angelo ET, Koppikar P, Heller G, Levine RL, Young JW. Janus kinase-2 inhibition induces durable tolerance to alloantigen by human dendritic cell-stimulated T cells yet preserves immunity to recall antigen. Blood. 2011 Nov;118(19):5330-5339. Pubmedid: 21917753. Pmcid: PMC3217413.
  • Betts BC, Young JW. Tregs served sunny-side up. Blood. 2010 Dec;116(23):4736-4737. Pubmedid: 21127180.